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Connecticut trade group names new officers

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association elected Robert Petzold of Petzold’s Marine Center in Portland as its new chairman.

Other 2013-14 officers elected at the trade group’s 59th annual membership meeting in New Haven were vice chairman John Johnson of Thames River Properties, New London; second vice chairman Dawn Schieferdecker of Essex Island Marina; secretary/treasurer David Crocker of Crocker’s Boatyard Inc., New London; and chairman emeritus Don MacKenzie of Boats Inc.

The officers will serve a one-year term, beginning in July, and five newly elected directors will serve three-year terms. They are Joe Boccia of East Coast Trailers LLC, Westbrook; Anne Duhaime of Guilford Boat Yards Inc.; Jeff Freidag of the town of Greenwich’s marine and facility operations division; Ron Helbig of the Noank Village Boatyard; and Rod Swift of Brewer Stratford Marina.

They join current directors Tasha Cusson of Atlantic Outboard Inc., Westbrook; D.G. Fitton of the Marine Special Products Group, Essex; Bill Gardella Jr. of Rex Marine Inc., Norwalk; Tom Kehlenbach of Sea Tow Central Connecticut, Old Saybrook; and John Parunak of Parunak Financial, Essex.

CMTA is a long-standing association of marine businesses concentrating on legislative, regulatory and recreational issues to improve boating in Connecticut and ensuring member compliance,” Petzold said in a statement. “With the economy finally turning around, our concerns are still with the actions of the legislature as they deal with tight funding and their history with business. Our hope is they recognize that small businesses are the economic drivers in our state.”


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